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On Wednesday October 19, 2011 at about 0820 hours, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Special Services Division served a search warrant in the 3000 block of Hill Lane, Hydesville. The search warrant was for a suspected large scale marijuana operation. Seized from the property and residence was 428 pounds of dried marijuana, 429 growing marijuana plants, 2 pistols, 3 rifles and one shotgun. Additionally; $175,211.00 in US currency was seized and a $30,000 tractor along with supporting evidence of marijuana sales.
The primary suspect at the residence was Stanislaw Kopiej (05-09-1945). Kopiej is a German born US citizen and was arrested for (cultivation of marijuana), (cultivation of marijuana for sale), (renting, leasing or making available for use a building, room, space, or enclosure for unlawful manufacture, storage, or distribution of controlled substance), (possession of controlled substance while armed with a firearm) and (storage of firearms accessible to children). Stanislaw claimed the marijuana was being grown and possessed in compliance with 215 guidelines. Based on items of evidence located at the residence and property, this claim was disputed by deputies. Additionally multiple cash transfers in sums of up to $30,000 were discovered from Stanislaw to a bank in Thailand. Holds were placed on several accounts belonging to Stanislaw and a bail increase to $400,000 was sought and granted for him.
Also arrested at the scene for violation of marijuana cultivation was Ka Sae Chang (female, 02-05-1961), who was in the United States on a 6 month visitor visa from Thailand, Kia Song (female, 09-19-1978) and Kor Vang (male, 12-31-1973), both who are listed as legal refugees from Thailand. That refugee status could change if convicted.
Cited and released at the scene was the wife of Stanislaw, Nathida Kopiej. She was cited for the same charges as her husband.
A total of five children lived at the residence, two who were home at the time of the search warrant and three who were in school. In accordance with the Humboldt County Drug Endangered Children Protocol, the Humboldt County Child Welfare Services were called to the scene to evaluate the need for placing the children in protective custody. Based on their evaluation the children remained at the residence and the mother was issued a citation rather than arrested.
As the deputies were preparing to leave the residence, Thomas William Morgan (AKA: Taco Nikolov Budnakov) arrived at the scene. Mr. Morgan is Bulgarian by birth and a naturalized US citizen. It was determined that he was also involved in suspected marijuana cultivation and sales and a search warrant was prepared for his property near Bridgeville. Prior to the service of the search warrant, Morgan was booked for cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.
The search warrant was served at Morgan’s residence at about 2030 hours. Seized from the property was 191 pounds of dried marijuana, 60 pounds of processed marijuana, handgun, evidence of marijuana sales and $39,570.00 in US currency.
Arrested from the property, all for cultivation of marijuana were the following persons:
• Clare M. Campbell (07-21-1957) a US citizen from Crescent City
• Sergey Markov (11-19-1984) a Bulgarian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with a hold placed on him by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigrations Customs Enforcement (ICE).
• Mihail I. Stoev (11-07-1980) a Bulgarian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with a hold placed on him by the DHS ICE.
• Svetlana T. Blajeva (female 09-24-1961) a naturalized US citizen from Bulgaria.
• Iulita K. Tsygankova (female 12-28-1988) a Ukrainian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with an asylum request on file. A temporary hold has been placed by DHS ICE.
• Iulita I. Dimov (female 11-20-1980) a Bulgarian citizen in the US and listed as a missing student visa overstay with a hold placed on her by DHS ICE.